Legal news from Sunday, August 14, 2005
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indian Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee Sunday announced plans to implement a new set of anti-terror measures that would allow the military to shoot down hijacked commercial planes the government believes will be used as weapons, prohibit negotiations with hijackers, and sentence convicted hijackers to death. Six years ago, hijackers [read more]

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[JURIST] The family of Saddam Hussein told reporters Sunday that the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] has blocked its attempt to replace the former dictator's massive Jordan-based legal team. Earlier this month, Hussein's family dissolved said it was dissolving the fractious collection of some 2000 lawyers [JURIST report] and had [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi political leaders and lawmakers met again Sunday amid conflicting reports about the likelihood that the Iraqi constitutional committee [official website] would complete a draft of the new Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] before the August 15 deadline. On Saturday, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani indicated [JURIST report] that the [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Security in the Gaza Strip increased Sunday, on the eve of the implementation of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan to withdraw Israeli settlers [BBC overview; Israeli government documents; IDF updates]. Police are expected to encounter pockets of resistance following the midnight start of the pullout [IDF press [read more]

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[JURIST] Former London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord John Stevens [official profile] slammed British human rights groups Sunday for their efforts to block the controversial new UK policy of deporting persons preaching violence or hatred or posing a threat to national security. Prime Minister Tony Blair announced the policy changes [JURIST [read more]

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